2020 Retreat- Cancelled
THE SASKATCHEWAN WEAVERS AND SPINNERS RETREAT-“CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS ROOTS” TO BE HELD APRIL 17-19,202O HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
The major reason for this is the Corona virus, Covid-19, which has reached a pandemic level affecting many cities and countries. A week ago, I was thinking Saskatoon was a safe place to hold a small gathering –after all, Saskatoon was hosting the Junos! My naivety was showing.
It would be dangerous and foolish to ignore the warnings of groups of people spending several days together at a time when a forceful virus is potentially present. To continue this plan would have required a two week voluntary isolation period for each attendee post event.
Our organizing committee of Malcolm Benson-Dyke, Gwen Klypak and JacQueline Keller and I have worked hard on this event for the last three years. We are, sadly, unanimous in coming to the necessary conclusion to cancel. This is a cancellation and not a postponement. I am grateful to them for their contributions, diligence and support. This was an opportunity to highlight Indigenous and Metis textiles and showcase the very skilled and talented Indigenous and Metis Saskatoon artists.
Thank you all for your interest in this very important cultural cornerstone of Canadian history. I am truly sorry that greater forces in our world require limiting the spread of this terrible virus. It is better to be safe than sorry. Your cheques for this Retreat will be returned by mail.
By the way, future plans for Saskatchewan Weavers and Spinners events will fall to the next guild on the rotation list-Prairie Wool Weavers from Craik. Plans t.b.a. but you can always email me for more information until a specific person is identified.
Stay healthy, wash your hands and no toilet paper hoarding!!
Chairperson for the Saskatchewan Weavers and Spinners
March 16, 2020